“The Predator 2018” – a hot mess of ultra violence and comedy that was never fully developed – was Shane Black’s first movie that didn’t reach his ambitious standards. However, he might’ve been able to pull off a Hail Mary if only he had decided to keep one shocking ending that was filmed but ultimately cut.
The actual film ends with a surprise of sorts: the package that a rogue Predator had finally gotten into the hands of humanity is opened to reveal the means to become a Predator Killer. Humans can wear and operate this alien armor, which is equipped with a face-hugger mask. Mankind is no longer quite so defenseless. Do they mean, anti facehugger mask? I’m not sure.
Hollywood artist Yuri Everson – who specializes in crafting the practical designs for fantasy, sci-fi, and horror projects – posted on his Instagram Friday that a total of three final scenes were shot, and one of them features a familiar name: Ripley. Yes, badass savior of the “Alien” series actually shows up wearing the armor to become Predator Killer Ripley. Apparently, the famed enemy of Xenomorphs is an equal opportunity advactor when it comes to killing aliens.
Everson wrote, “We shot 3 different endings for #thepredator, all variations of a ‘Predator Killer.’ This unused ending was Predator Killer Ripley wearing the breather mask we created for the film. You can see her name tag there on her costume.”